This is definitely not a blog about celebrities. But there are deeper implications surrounding the latest news about little Hilton.
You’ve probably heard that Paris Hilton is only going to serve 23 days of her 45 day jail sentence for violating her probation. And she’s going to do her time in a “special needs housing unit” reserved for high-profile inmates.
Why was her sentenced reduced? Because she showed up for court. She’s such a great model citizen that she doesn’t need to serve all her time. WHAT?!
Sadly, people look up to celebrities, especially young people. They are role models for many of our youth. Shouldn’t we be teaching young people that actions have consequences? Shouldn’t we teach them that law-breakers get in trouble?
What are we teaching them instead? That famous people get a free ride in life. Be rich, have expensive lawyers, use the press effectively, and you can get anything you want. Hmmm… that’s a great way to raise children.
Set a good example
Here’s my idea – punish celebrities even more harshly than ordinary people. If you’re “high profile,” you get to go to a special housing unit, but one that is not as nice as general population. You definitely wouldn’t get your sentenced reduced just for showing up for court.
This would present a stronger image of our criminal justice system. People would see that crime doesn’t pay. Breaking the law has consequences.
We could let ordinary people off a bit easier, since they aren’t as highly in the public view. These people aren’t usually role models for large numbers of citizens, so it’s not as damaging if they get treated a bit lighter. Let’s set some examples here!
What do you think?
As I step off my sarcastic soapbox, I’m curious what you think about this? Does the criminal justice system treat people equally? Should it?
By the way, I’m running for President in 2008. Can I have your vote?
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